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The Solo Hiker

Tue, 2020-11-24

The October Mountaineers meeting will feature a talk by Evan Rose entitled “The Solo Hiker.”

Evan writes of his talk: “My canyoneering trip fell through. It was March 2020, and the weather in Arizona promised rain. My four partners all worked full time. I am retired. Why should they burn vacation days to sit idle in the rain, far from home? I drove to Lee’s Ferry alone.

Solo hiking is familiar to me. Without that option, I would get out much less frequently. Solo hiking also has its joys – freedom to choose the time, the place, the itinerary. There is solitude and quiet. There is concentration and focus on the task at hand. One must be alert to the route, the time, the weather, and the hazards. There is less margin for error.

I picked up a guidebook at the gift shop. I found a half dozen likely hikes and proceeded to check them off, one by one. During my presentation, I’ll share my experiences solo hiking Lee’s Ferry and the Vermilion Cliffs.”

The Mountaineer's monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. When held in person, they take place in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Recent meetings have been held electronically, starting at 7:00 PM. To register for this meeting, go to


View PEEC's recording of this talk!

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United States
36° 51' 31.482" N, 111° 36' 11.16" W

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